The top ten governmental lobbyists in Washington DC
Now, the Sunlight Foundation and ProPublica have taken more than a year’s worth of data filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, and put it in a digital format that can be easily searched and analyzed to discover all the players in the foreign lobbying game.Under FARA, all lobbyists who represent foreign governments, political parties and government-controlled entities in a “political or quasi-political capacity” must file disclosures. The forms list activities, fees received, political contacts and any campaign contributions
Before looking at the figures, pause and let your inate prejudices go to work (1).
Ready? Here goes:
United Arab Emirates - $10,914,002
United Kingdom - $6,105,200
Japan - $4,231,656
Turkey - $4,185,248
Iraq - $3,708,368
Morocco - $3,337,392
Saudi Arabia - $3,308,285
South Korea - $2,941,004
Netherlands - $2,694,604
Equatorial Guinea - $2,408,168
These include some $266,000 from the British Council, $104,141.04 from the City of Sunderland and the big one, $4,116,161.26 from the DTI in connection with Invest Northern Ireland. There's also $1,442,315.34 from Scottish Enterprise.
And one speech by an attention seeking Scottish politician later, that's $1,442,315.34 in the hole.
(1) Thinking of a certain country at the eastern end of the Med with a blue and white flag? They spent just under $422,000 in 2008.
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